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Catholics priests have rights, too! (Catholic Caucus)
WDTPRS ^ | 1/9/2014 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 01/09/2014 6:58:21 PM PST by markomalley

At News and Faith there is a good piece everyone should look at.

OPEN SEASON ON PRIESTS? Demands To Disclose Names Of Priests Not Credibly Accused Of Abuse Go Too Far!

St. Paul, MN—Catholics priests have rights, too, and the Catholic Defense League of Minnesota is pushing back against recent attacks on the Catholic Church.

It’s been open season on priests, and that isn’t right,” said David Strom, spokesman for the League.

Accusations of abuse by priests have dominated the news lately, and in some of those cases it appears that genuine wrongdoing has occurred. In those cases, the League believes that justice needs to be served, and victims protected.

Now, Ramsey County Judge John Van de North is being asked to enforce an order that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reveal the names of all priests accused of abuse, even in cases where the accusations were found to be not credible. That is a step too far, says the League.

“Requiring the Church to reveal names of priests who have not been credibly accused of abuse is going way too far,” said Strom. “In no other profession would a judge require the disclosure of the names of people who have been wrongly accused of a crime, especially such a heinous crime.”

The Church has been publicly battered in recent months for its handling of the abuse scandals, and Archbishop Neinstadt has apologized for the Church’s mishandling of certain cases.
“If the Church is required to release the names of innocent priests who have been wrongly accused of abuse, then it only makes sense that every business and government agency be required to do the same thing. Perhaps the media should publish every complaint as well. The reason they don’t is that a false accusation can ruin lives,” said Strom.

The Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board adjudicates accusations against lawyers for professional misconduct in private. Only in cases where misconduct is found are the names of the accused released. Teachers accused of abuse are represented by the union and given due process until the accusations are credibly substantiated.

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It seems today that the only right a priest has is that of a Catholic burial.

Anyone can lie about a priest and the priest is then dragged through the mud and publicly pilloried, even by his own bishop!  Once your name is tarnished, it is almost impossible to restore your good reputation.

Fathers, be careful out there.

There is going to be a lot more of this.


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1 posted on 01/09/2014 6:58:21 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Ditto to this whole article. Too many priest have been falsely accused — nearly 50 percent, if not over that are innocent.

We had three that I know of in our archdiocese, and that’s only that I know of!


2 posted on 01/09/2014 7:06:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I know of one in our area, too, and it completely destroyed him. He had a heart attack, and had to take several years off. By the time he came back, it was almost time for him to retire, and he did just that. He comes back every once in awhile to say Mass when the current pastor is away. I think those who falsely accuse should meet with a prison term or hefty fine of some sort.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 7:37:15 PM PST by mlizzy ("If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." --Mother Teresa)
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To: markomalley; All

I was there at a bar in my young days with two clowns figuring on lying about a priest. Talking right at the bar. This was true 1980’s. I told them it won’t work because of a witness. Me. Their faces dropped. Could you imagine anything more dastardly to accuse an innocent man. What devils. I heard for my own ears. I believe it happens every day of the week around the world. Sad. When it is real or not real. Always a victim. A child or an adult. sick.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 10:07:59 PM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers! As)
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To: johngrace

Thank-you for for standing up against wrong and doing the right thing. God Bless.


5 posted on 01/10/2014 3:33:58 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

Yes! Thank You! We have to prayer for boldness. If I now see something wrong that needs to stand up to in this world. I ask for Holy Boldness of Faith before I go into a situation. I cover the blood of Christ over it too. I strongly recommend for you and others. The Holy Spirit sense is right within you. Jesus will guide. I know. Praise Jesus. A crazy world today.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 12:06:30 PM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers! As)
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